Itchy Palms – How To Treat It and Things to Know

Have you ever woken up by a sudden burning and itchy sensation in your palm? Itchy Palms is weird in that, it always feels like you can’t quite get to the source of the itching and alleviate it. The itch always feels under the skin.

It is such a terrible feeling to get if you are sleeping. You drowsily trying to scrap your hands on the edge of your bed, but never quite satisfy it. Then you get annoyed enough about it that it wakes you up and you are desperately pressing into a very particular itchy spot that seems to be buried deep in your skin.

Itchy palms are a pain. Especially when the itchiness leads you to losing sleep while causing a major distraction. The skin on our palms are so thick that scratching seems like such a poor and unsatisfying solution to it.

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What is causing it?

As it is with any patch of itchy skin, the cause can be numerous. But with itchy palms, many of them are related to seasonal and allergic reasons.

These are the most common causes:

Dry Skin

Itchy palms is one of the most common complaints of itchiness during seasonal changes – especially the winter months. So, if you are feeling burning sensation on your hand, simply make sure to keep your hands moisturized.

Palmar Hyperhidrosis

In simpler terms: sweaty palms. You’d think with sweaty palms you wouldn’t have to worry about dry skin, but if your hands has been sweating a lot recently, be aware that the salt content in your sweat will eventually dry the skin on your hands. The best way to deal with itchiness caused by hyperhidrosis is the same as if you have dry skin – moisturize your hands frequently!


Stress is a leading component to eczema, so it isn’t surprising if stress leads to an eczema outbreak on your hands. Usually flair ups happen around the knuckle area, but swollen red palms are common as well. If you find red angry lumps growing on your hand, you might be suffering from an eczema outbreak on your palms. In this scenario, due to the thick skin on your palm, don’t hesitate to break out steroid cream for it.

Contact Dermatitis 

This happens when your hands get an allergic reaction to something it has touched. An extremely common cause to eczema on your palms and it isn’t surprising that the most common allergens usually these items below:

  • Soap, detergent, and other abrasive cleaning solutions
  • Latex
  • Animal fur
  • Scented lotions

Usually contact dermatitis happens during cleaning, such as due to during dishwashing without gloves. The way to minimize the possibility of this is to wear latex-free gloves during any form of cleaning. It is also good to make sure that you are not allergic to any pets, and if you are, take appropriate steps to reduce skin contact with these animals.


The result of an infestation of tiny mites on your skin. The itchiness is the result of these mites digging into your skin and laying eggs – usually hard to spot and often overlooked. In the worst case scenario that you rarely have itchy palms and you are suddenly afflicted with it (and you are sure it is not a mosquito bite), the best way to diagnose this is to pay a quick visit to your dermatologist. They’ll take a very small skin sample and you’ll be right on your way to recovery.

What should I do to Treat Itchy Palms?

In most of the cases of itchy palms, the advice is generally the same: make sure your hands stay moisturized and unexposed to any allergens. We personally recommend Aveeno Skin Relief Handcream.

Afterwards, once you’ve applied the cream and have avoided any allergens that might irritate your skin, I heavily recommend you knead the skin on your palm instead of scratching it. It’ll sooth the itchiness without damaging your skin even further.

Make sure to not do any abrasive motions with your hands. This include drying your hands after a wash. If you have to try it, pat it clean instead of excessively rubbing a towel over it.

Most importantly, if in double or if the skin is cracking so much that it’s painful, make sure to always visit your dermatologist for professional advice.


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